Archive for October, 2010

King & Country Releases In Stock Now – 10/26/10

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

“Christmas Comes But Once A Year!”

  • XM010-01 — “No Kristmas for the Kaiser” – Just 400 sets of this 3-man group will be available… Santa has fallen foul of the German authorities. Somewhere over the Western Front his sleigh and reindeer have been captured and he’s been carted off along with his bag of goodies to the nearest headquarters!!!
  • XM010-02 — “Have You Got Somethin For Me, Santa?” – A happy, smiling Santa is about to cheer up this cold and lonely GI. Somewhere in Belgium, Christmas Eve, 1944. (Just 600 sets available)

Christmas

Berlin 1938

A change in this collection, as the years for the LAH Collection now span 1938 – 1944, should be intresting.

  • LAH119 — “LAH Drum Horse… Walking” – One of K&C’s most collected mounted figures was the standing LAH Drumhorse “Sigrune”. Long since retired there have been many, many requests to produce another.
    So here it is… this time, walking on parade.
  • LAH120 — “Mounted SS Trooper” – On parade “Sigrune” was usually accompanied by a mounted SS cavalry detachment in black parade uniforms.
  • LAH121 — “Mounted SS Guidon Bearer”

From the so-called “Glory days of the Third Reich” (before the outbreak of war) to the grim, dark days leading up to the final defeat of the “Thousand Year Reich”.

  • LAH122 — “Josef “Sepp” Dietrich” – Dietrich has proved to be one of the most collected German figures K&C has produced. His uniforms were many and varied. Here he is dressed in standard green and field gray tunic and trousers of the Waffen SS and in a typical pose.
  • LAH123 — “Hitler’s Secretary Traudl Junge” – One of a small select group of secretaries who followed the Fuhrer everywhere. Traudl Junge married one of Hitler’s SS adjutants. She is also featured in the award-winning movie “DOWNFALL” about the last days of Hitler in the bunker in Berlin in 1945.
  • LAH124 — “Der Fuhrer Adolf Hitler” – This is the Hitler after the failed bombplot of July 1944.
  • LAH125 — “Reichsmarschal Hermann Goering” – Chief of the Luftwaffe and once the Fuhrer’s closest confidante… By late 1944 his reputation and standing in the Third Reich was much diminished. Here he is, in yet another of his self-designed uniforms.

Berlin 1938 (LAH) Collection)

South Land Minatures – New Releases

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Grattan Massacre

New releases expected in November.

South Land Minatures

King & Country New Battle of the Bulge Americans – In Stock Now!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

WWII – Battle of the Bulge

Most collectors know that every winter K&C prepares to refight this epic battle… This October it’s the turn of Americans

  • BBA037 — “Dodge WC54 U.S. Army ambulance” (Summer Version) – Many years ago one of the first polystone vehicles K&C ever produced was this U.S. Army Ambulance. Long-since retired, it has been much sought-after on the “retired” market and quite expensive too.
    So, we thought it’s time to do a new one and a better one too! And here it is. Perfect for Normandy or North Africa.
  • BBA038 — “DODGE WC 63 1 1/2 ton Truck” – Another classic U.S. Army truck of WW2. Our model comes with driver and fully detachable “canvas” roof. Seated figures or supplies can be fitted into the rear of the truck.
  • BBA039 — “Stretcher Party” – An army Medic and two GI’s carry a wounded buddy on a stretcher back to the nearest aid station.
  • BBA040 — “Truck Winter Passengers” (Set one) – Three cold GI’s huddle together for warmth.
  • BBA041 — “Fire Team” – A kneeling firing B.A.R. gunner is joined by a kneeling firing rifleman.
  • BBA042 — “Kneeling Officer w/Binos”
  • BBA043 — “Teenage Prisoner” – A young, frightened conscript is happy to surrender to this rifle-toting USMP.
  • BBA044 — “Kneeling NCO w/ Tommy Gun”

Battle of the Bulge

Britains New Releases For October

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

New Releases In Stock Now!
Napoleonic

  • BR36049 — British Lt. General The Earl of Uxbridge — Lord Uxbridge was Wellington’s second in command and a very capable cavalry commander who commanded all the allied cavalry and horse artillery. One of the last French cannon shots of the day hit him in the right leg, whereupon he is said to have exclaimed, “By God, sir, I’ve lost my leg” with Wellington replying, “By God, sir, so you have!”
  •  BR36051 — British Lt. General Lord Hill — Hill commanded the II Corps and led the charge against the French Imperial Guard at the end of the battle.
  • BR36052 — British Lt. General Sir Thomas Picton Mounted — Thomas Picton commanded the 5th Infantry division and was killed by a shot to the temple while repulsing one of the French attacks of the day. His luggage had not arrived in time for the battle so he fought in his civilian clothes and top hat.

Napoleonic Leaders

American Civil War

  • BR31047 — Confederate General George Pickett — With his division arriving late on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, they were naturally the most rested and up to strength of all the Confederate units Lee had at his disposal. So it fell to Pickett to be the lead division in the eponymous charge that would forever go into the history books as the South’s high water mark.
  • BR31069 — Confederate General Harry Heth — While it might be argued that Pickett was the Confederate General that played a major role in the last day of Gettysburg it might also be said that Heth was the one that played the key role in starting the battle. It was his division that ran head long in Buford’s cavalry brigade on the first day. This engagement quickly developed as more troops were thrown into the fight to the point where both Meade and Lee decided to make Gettysburg the deciding battle of Lee’s invasion of the North. Heth’s life was probably saved by his new hat – it did not fit quite right so he stuffed newspaper in it, which cushioned the blow when a Union shot grazed his temple.
  • BR31032 – Confederate Artillery Set #2 – “Return to Battery” – 10 Pound Parrot
    Gun and 4 Man Crew

American Civil War

Sudan

  • BR27014 — British Dismounted Camel Corps Officer No. 1
  • BR27015 — Mahdist Charging with Spear No.2

Battle of Abu Klea, January 17, 1885

John Jenkins – New November Releases!

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Battle of Fort Carillon, Ticonderoga 8th JULY 1758

The Battle of Fort Carillon, Ticonderoga was fought on July 8, 1758

In the battle, which took place primarily on a rise about three-quarters of a mile (one km) from the fort itself, a French army of about 4,000 men under General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and the Chevalier de Levis decisively defeated an overwhelmingly numerically superior force of British troops under General James Abercrombie, which frontally assaulted an entrenched French position without using field artillery.
Abercrombie, confident of a quick victory, ignored several viable military options, such as flanking the French breastworks, waiting for his artillery, or laying siege to the fort. Instead, relying on a flawed report from a young military engineer, and ignoring some of that engineer’s recommendations, he decided in favor of a direct frontal assault on the thoroughly entrenched French, without the benefit of artillery.
The battle was the bloodiest of the war, with over 3,000 casualties suffered, of which over 2,000 were British.

The 42nd Regiment, known as the Black Watch, paid dearly with the loss of many lives and many severely wounded. More than 300 men (including 8 officers) were killed, and a similar number were wounded, representing a significant fraction of the total casualties suffered by the British.

  • TIC-003 — 42nd Regiment of Foot – 2 Figures Advancing
  • TIC-004 — 42nd Regiment of Foot – 1 Figure Advancing Set #4
  • TIC-005 — 42nd Regiment of Foot – 1 Figure Advancing Set #5

Battle of Fort Carillon, Ticonderoga fought on July 8, 1758

Knights of the Skies

Captain Arthur Roy Brown DSC and bar RNAS (23 December 1893 – 9 March 1944) was a Canadian World War I flying ace.
Brown will of course be ever famous for his involvement in the death of Manfred von Richthofen on 21st April 1918
What is less well known, but perhaps much more impressive, is that Brown never lost a pilot in his flight during combat. This was due largely to his demands for a “breaking in” period in which new pilots flew over the fights just to see how they worked.

On the morning of 21 April, No. 209 was involved in a combat patrol when they were set upon by planes of Jagdstaffel 11, led by Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron”. A newcomer to No. 209, Brown’s school friend, Lt. Wop May, had been instructed to stay clear of any fight and watch. May noticed an enemy pilot doing the same thing. The Red Baron’s cousin, Lt. Wolfram von Richthofen, who had been given the same instructions as May. May attacked Wolfram and soon found himself in the main fight, spraying bullets everywhere until his guns jammed. May dived out of combat, and Manfred von Richthofen gave chase down to ground level. Brown saw May in trouble and dived steeply in an attempt to help out. His attack was necessarily of fairly short duration, and he was obliged to climb steeply to avoid crashing into the ground, losing sight of both Richthofen and May.

What happened next remains controversial to this day, but it seems highly probable that Richthofen turned to avoid Brown’s attack, and then, instead of climbing out of reach of ground fire and prudently heading for home, remained at low altitude and resumed his pursuit of May, who was zig-zagging to throw off another attack. May and Richthofen’s route now took them at low level right over some of the most heavily defended points of the Somme. Some have suggested he became lost, as the winds that day were blowing the “wrong way”, towards the west, and the fight had slowly drifted over to the Allied side. The front was also in a highly fluid state at the time, in contrast to the more common static trench lines earlier in the Great War, and landmarks can be confusing in very low level flight.
Australian Army machine gunners on the ground fired at Richthofen, who eventually crashed near the Australian trenches. Upon viewing Richthofen’s body the following day, Brown wrote that “there was a lump in my throat. If he had been my dearest friend, I could not have felt greater sorrow”. His initial combat report was that the fight with Richthofen was “indecisive” – this was altered by his commanding officer to “decisive”. In any case, Brown was officially credited with the kill by the RAF, and received a Bar for his DSC.

There is some research suggesting that von Richthofen was killed by a single bullet fired by an anti-aircraft machine gunner, perhaps Sergeant Cedric Popkin of the Australian 24th Machine Gun Company.

Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Battle of the Plains of Abraham & Braddock’s Defeat

The first of several new sets of French Marines,in Campaign dress. There have been many requests for more French troops for “Braddocks Defeat”, and these will be perfect additions for those collecting the Monongahela series.

  • QFM-006 — French Marines in Campaign Dress, At Ready

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Jacobite Rebellion

James Johnstone summed up the highland fighting method

“Their manner of fighting is well adapted for brave but undisciplined men. They advance with rapidity, discharge their pieces when within musket-length of the enemy, and then, throwing them down, draw their swords, and holding a dirk and target, dart with fury on the enemy through the smoke and fire….”

Another quote by Sullivan describes the tactics

“Any man that served with Highlanders, knows that they fire but one shot, abandon their firelocks after. If there be any obstruction that hinders them from going on the enemy, all is lost; they don’t like to be exposed to the enemy’s fire, nor can they resist it, not being trained to charge(reload) as fast as regular troops, especially the English, which are the troops in the world that fires best.”

  • JR-019 — Highlanders charging with musket Set #2

Jacobite Rebellion 1745

First Sudan War 1884-1885

There were seven companies at Tamai, and they formed the left side and front corner of General Buller’s square. Their “machine-like” volleys of gun fire were one of the main reasons that the pressure was relieved on the second British square which had been broken by the Dervish onslaught.
This will be the first of two firing sets for the Gordon Highlanders.

  • GDH-004 — Gordon Highlanders — 2 Figures Firing Set #1

These Figures are not “fully equipped”….. under the kilt

First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

Battle of Chippewa – War of 1812

Infantry Pioneers had much the same purpose as modern combat engineers. On the march, they followed the advance guard and made quick repairs to bridges and roads. In attacks on fortified positions, they led the way to chop gaps in the enemy’s abbatis and palisades. During retreats, they marched with the rear guard, destroying bridges and obstructing roads. In camp, they improved the site and improvised roads.
This demanding work required strong, reliable, and intelligent men.

Scott’s pioneers proved so useful that the practice was extended to all infantry regiments in 1815 and continued in use through the Mexican war.

  • USCH-007 — Scott’s Brigade Pioneer, Corporal

Battle of Chippewa – War of 1812

Figarti – New Releases Now In Stock

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Figarti F30 German Collection

F30 German Collection

Hobby Master – New Releases For January / February 2011

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

  • HA0155 — JU 87 D-3 “Stuka” “white 183” Royal Romanian Air Force, Jassi, 1943
  • HA1215 — TBM-3 Avenger VT-83, USS Essex, April, 1945
  • HA1512 — SNJ-3 Texan 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Base Quantico, 1942
  • HA3201 — A-26B Invader “Stinky,” 552nd Bomb Squadron, 386th Bomb Group, Beaumont, France, 1945

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.

  • HA7505 — P-26A Peashooter U.S. Army Air Corps, Bolling Field, Washington, D.C
  • HA7707 — P-51D Mustang 402 City of Winnipeg Sqn., Royal Canadian Air Force
  • HA7708 – P-51D Mustang Netherland East Indies Air Force, 1946
  • HA7710 — P-51D Mustang 44-14906 PE-P 328th FS “Cripes A’Mighty”
  • HA7803 — Spitfire II N0. 71 Eagle Squadron William “Bill” Dunn
  • HA7902 — P-12E US ARMY 16th Pursuit Group, Panama, 1932

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.

Modern Air Power Collection

  • HA1413 — A-4E Skyhawk LCDR Michael J. Estocin, VA-192, USS Ticonderoga, April, 1967
  • HA1954 — RF-4C Phantom II 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, RAF Alconbury, 1967
  • HA2411 — J-2 1/72 “1765,” Chinese Nationalist Air Force, Taiwan, 1962
  • HA2412 — MiG-15bis “1765,” Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force
  • HA2803 — Lockheed F-22 Raptor 192nd Fighter Wing “Cripes A’ Mighty”
  • HA3103 — F-102A Delta Dagger 342 All-Weather Squadron, 114 Combat Wing, Hellenic Air Force

Modern Air Power Collection

Airlines

  • HL2011 — Douglas DC-4 American Airlines
  • HL4005 — KC-97G Flying Boom Tanker s/n 52-2643, 509th Air Refuelling Sqn., Strategic Air Command, RAF Greenham Common, May 1956
  • HL5003 — VC-118 Liftmaster “The Independence,” Late 1940s
  • HL8001 — Douglas DC-2 TWA “The Lindbergh Line,” 1935
  • HL8002 — Douglas DC-2 “Bungana,” Holyman’s Airways, 1930s

Airline Collection

Ground Power 1:72 Scale

  • HG3110 — British Cromwell IV 2nd Armoured Welsh Guards, Germany, April 1945
  • HG4205 — Willys MB Radio Jeep United States Air Force, Korea, 1950
  • HG4303 — Sd. Kfz.234/4 “Pakwagen” Fall of the Reich, Battle for Berlin, May 1945
  • HG4602 — Panzer II Ausf. C 6th Panzer Division, France 1940
  • HG4701 — M7 HMC Priest 6th Armored Division, 231st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, A Battery, Western Front, 1941

Ground Power Collection

Figarti – New October Releases

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

F30 German Collection

Figarti – New – Reichsbahn – German Railroad

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Reichsbahn – German Railroad

F30 German Railroad

John Jenkins – October Releases – In Stock Now!

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

THE BATTLE ON THE MONONGAHELA 1755

The effectiveness of many great armies has depended heavily on their NCO’s. These were the Sergeants and Corporals who drilled , trained and importantly steadied the ranks of the men on the day of the battle.
Kipling was to write “ The backbone of the army is the non-commissioned man”
These men did not hold commissions granted by the monarch, and were mainly promoted from the ranks , usually by the regiments Colonel.

  • BM-025 — 44th Regiment of Foot, British Line Infantry, Sergeant and Corporal – Limited Edition 300

BATTLE ON THE MONONGAHELA 1755

JACOBITE REBELLION 1745

This new set shows a British Line Infantryman of the 4th Regiment of foot, about to try to “finish off” a fallen Highlander, after what would have been a desperate fight in close quarters.
It also illustrates one of the controversial incidents that took place after the Battle of Culloden had come to an end.
The British General The Duke of Cumberland had been given specific instructions by George II that the Scots had to be punished for supporting Charles. Thus began a dark chapter in British history. Following the battle, British troops began to indiscriminately kill the wounded Jacobites, as well as fleeing clansmen and innocent bystanders, which was to earn Cumberland the nickname “The Butcher”.

  • JR-018 — COMBAT SET #4 – Wounded Highlander and Line Infantry – Limited Edition 500

JACOBITE REBELLION 1745

THE FIRST SUDAN WAR 1884-1885 — BRITISH NAVAL BRIGADE

It cannot be said that the seamen of the naval brigades were well trained in land/ infantry warfare. Those that had passed through HMS Excellent, the Naval Gunnery School at Whale Island, had received instruction in naval gunnery and gun drill, as well as bome elementary drill on the parade ground for forming fours and squares. Some rifle drill was taught, but the standards of marksmanship was not high, and for those that had not passed through Whale Island, were even less accomplished.
When landed for service in a naval brigade, the individual seaman was armed with a rifle and a cutlass-bayonet. When fixed as a bayonet, the cutlass-bayonet made the rifle very muzzle-heavy and even less accurate than it already was in the hands of the sailors.

FIRST SUDAN WAR 1884-1885

Battle of Chippawa, 5th July 1814

Aiming or “laying” a smoothbore artillery piece was partly art and partly science. The piece was traversed (or aligned in the horizontal plane) by means of handspikes fitted into the trail until the line of sight from the top of the breech through the sighting notch at the top of the muzzle was on target. The piece was then elevated (aligned in the vertical plane) by means of the elevating screw. In the heat of battle, the elevation chosen was usually a matter of judgement on the part of the gun commander although, if there was time and a need for accuracy, he might consult a range table. Because the line of sight was not exactly parallel to the axis of the bore, the gun commander would then calculate the tangential elevation required to com­pensate for the drop of the projectile in flight.. Experienced gun layers automatically took into account and made al­lowance for such factors as air temperature, wind direction and velocity, humidity, situation of the target and the elevation of the gun position.
The gun itself was also a factor to be considered as older weapons with worn bores would have more windage and less velocity and would thus require extra elevation. Finally, the personal experience and skill of the gun layer was essential in judging the “fall of the shot” and making the corrections necessary to lay the round on target. In the smoothbore period, good gunlaying was a combination of technology and technique that required an experienced eye.

  • BCHART-002 — British Foot Artillery, 2 Crew Aiming. Please Note: This set does not include the Gun.

Battle of Chippawa, 5th July 1814

RAID ON ST. FRANCIS

Model Dimensions 6 ¾”x 3 ¼” x 3 ¼”

RAID ON ST. FRANCIS